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The Scientific and Ideoloaicai Leaacy of Hobbes

In generał terms, acquisitiveness is the propensity of men to pursue what

they consider necessary or desirable for their own happiness. There has been

a rough agreement among most students of human naturę on the strength of

this motivation: it has seemed either practically overpowering, or so strong as to

constantly threaten to be so. Bentham departs from most previous thinkers

more on questions of the perceived scope and desirability of acquisitiveness

than on its power; for he seems to view a pervasive individual acquisitiveness

with complete approval.